The goal of the California Community Service
Scholarship Program (CCSSP) is to provide underrepresented
minority medical students experience in community-based medicine
and the health issues affecting underserved populations, and
to encourage these future physicians to establish community-based
primary care practices in California.
As a regional program of National Medical Fellowships, Inc.,
the CCSSP offers scholarships to third- and fourth-year students
attending medical schools in California. Scholarships are
awarded based on demonstrated commitment to practice in California,
interest in community-based primary care, satisfactory academic
performance, leadership, and financial need. Students are
encouraged to apply for the scholarship program during their
second or third year of medical school.
CCSSP Scholars fulfill program requirements by completing
a six-week externship, or a 12-week externship or research
project, at a community health center designated by the Scholar
or, upon the Scholar's request, by NMF. Scholars selected
in Spring 2005 are required to complete their six-week externship
during the summer of 2005 or the 2005-2006 academic year.
CCSSP Scholars are guided and supervised on site by a designated
mentor, a practitioner and/or researcher working in the Scholar's
area of interest. Scholars can gain experience with community-based
primary care through any activities approved by his/her mentor.
NMF seeks to place CCSSP Scholars with community health centers
that are able to provide strong Scholar-mentor relationships
and excellent, culturally competent care. NMF offers each
externship site a stipend of at least $500 per Scholar placement.
For more information and to request
application materials, please contact
Mary Wade, CSSP Interim Program Coordinator, at
(415) 397-2526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCSSP is made possible by grants
from The California Endowment, the San Francisco Foundation
and the McKesson Foundation.
NMF, founded in 1946, is committed to changing the face of
medicine by providing financial support and other incentives
to underrepresented minority medical students and to articulate
the vital role minority physicians play in the well being
and productivity of our nation.